Bible Verses Set 1
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22, 23
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere. James 3:17
Bible Verses Set 2
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16
A fool does not care whether he understands a thing or not; all he wants to do is show how smart he is. Proverbs 18:2
Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good! Psalm 14:1
Only fools would trust what they alone think, but if you live by wisdom, you will do all right. Proverbs 28:26
If you were required to choose Set 1 or Set 2 Bible verses, which set would accurately describe your character and your mindset? Since we are a poor judge of our characters, ask your best friend or a family member which set of verses would they choose to describe your character.
God does know all of our traits, even the ones that we hide from other people or pretend that we do not have. Most of us readily admit that we know individuals who possess the characteristics described in the second set of scriptures; however, we would never acknowledge having such traits ourselves. Before we pacify ourselves and express thankfulness that we are not like those individuals, God tells us: “As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one.'” Romans 3:10, and “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?: Jeremiah 17:9
Ouch!!!, that really hurts. Then is our living in vain? Certainly not, first, we need to admit our faults and then use God’s standards as a reference point. When we see ourselves for who we truly are, then we can ask for Divine intervention upon our lives. With God, we can change by identifying our undesirable traits. Based on the Holy Scriptures, we do not have to guess or imagine what God requires from us. If we are diligent in doing our part to change then, God will give us a portion of His supernatural strength, and victory is a certainty.
Remember that we cannot be compelled to do evil. Each of us possesses the ability to choose right over wrong, truth over lies, and the ability to change. The transformation of our character will be one of the most difficult challenges that we have ever faced. Even so, it must be done if we desire Eternal Life as our reward.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrew 4:16
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9, first part
God has many characteristics, but His love is more significant than we can ever imagine. He is waiting for you and waiting for me to give our whole hearts to Him. Study the Bible, and pray, the invisible God will become spiritually visible in your life. There is none like our God; if you desire change, then He is the only one that can make it possible.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020